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1    lacking dexterity, proficiency, or skill; clumsy; inept  
the new recruits were awkward in their exercises     
2    ungainly or inelegant in movements or posture  
despite a great deal of practice she remained an awkward dancer     
3    unwieldy; difficult to use  
an awkward implement     
4    embarrassing  
an awkward moment     
5    embarrassed  
he felt awkward about leaving     
6    difficult to deal with; requiring tact  
an awkward situation, an awkward customer     
7    deliberately uncooperative or unhelpful  
he could help but he is being awkward     
8    dangerous or difficult  
an awkward ascent of the ridge     
9    Obsolete   perverse  
     (C14 awk, from Old Norse öfugr turned the wrong way round + -ward)  
  awkwardly      adv  
  awkwardness      n  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  


1    all thumbs, artless, blundering, bungling, clownish, clumsy, coarse, gauche, gawky, graceless, ham-fisted or ham-handed     (informal)   ill-bred, inelegant, inept, inexpert, lumbering, maladroit, oafish, rude, skill-less, stiff, uncoordinated, uncouth, ungainly, ungraceful, unpolished, unrefined, unskilful, unskilled  
2    clunky     (informal)   cumbersome, difficult, inconvenient, troublesome, unhandy, unmanageable, unwieldy  
3    compromising, cringe-making     (Brit. informal)   cringeworthy     (Brit. informal)   delicate, difficult, embarrassed, embarrassing, ill at ease, inconvenient, inopportune, painful, perplexing, sticky     (informal)   thorny, ticklish, troublesome, trying, uncomfortable, unpleasant, untimely  
4    annoying, bloody-minded     (Brit. informal)   difficult, disobliging, exasperating, hard to handle, intractable, irritable, perverse, prickly, stubborn, touchy, troublesome, trying, uncooperative, unhelpful, unpredictable, vexatious, vexing  
5    chancy     (informal)   dangerous, difficult, hazardous, perilous, risky  
1    adept, adroit, dexterous, graceful, skilful  
2    convenient, easy, handy  
3    comfortable, pleasant  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

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